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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,611 Reviews
A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,611
Ratings:
8,601
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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Photo of jpro
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Griffon (21Aug10)... Poured a light honey gold into a shaker pint with a one-finger, gently poured head; good sheets of lace. Smell is dominated by tropical fruits, some citrus and peach rind. Taste is a good mix of sweet hops (pineapple, apricot, mango) and some drier grapefruit rind and peach rind on the finish. A touch of wheat / grain provides some malt balance, but hops are the focus of this beer. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing - an awesome summertime IPA - errr... "American Pale Wheat!" Haha - tastes like an IPA to me - just a little lighter in color and body (yet its abv is actually higher than Lagunitas IPA??). Really impressed by this one.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden hazy, straw, big head, lacing
Hops are hard to the nose and tongue. A citrusy bouquet and mouth. The wheat tries to fight it off but the hops win. Light boozy tingle.
Light on the mouth, especially for the 7.5%.
This is a pale wheat? Ha! More like a wheat IPA. Thanks again Lagunitas, for making a beer that doesn't quite fit into a specific style.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a totally clear light bright orange with a very nice fluffy white head that retains very well and leaves great lacing.

Nose is actually more IPA than wheat beer. I can get the wheat base a bit, but it is clear that this is going to be a hop driven brew.

Well, taste balances it out a bit, but this is still pretty much an IPA. Hops don't jump out hard right away, but get progressively stronger as each sip progresses across the palate. A nice bitter finish is actually balanced out by a fairly strong malt presence coupled with a...

...mouthfeel that is much more viscous than i anticipated. Not soupy or anything, but just a touch higher than i like in an...IPAish...beer.

Drinkability is pretty strong. Lagunitas likes to over-malt the hell out of everything, but this is definitely an exception to the rule, as despite a somewhat viscous feel, the sweetness is tamed and balances the hop presence well without fighting for center stage. The abv feels about what it claims to be

Overall definitely the best lagunitas ive had in a while. Im not terribly amazed with it, but its a nice IPAish kind of thing, and i could easily put a couple away. A well crafted, and very well balanced beer, and one i will probably re visit with lethargic and intermittent regularity (or lack thereof). A well made...hoppy beer...

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale has a yellow colour and a good head that lasts. It has a nice hoppy smell with a hint of citrus. The taste is hoppy with a hint of citrus bitterness. It's nice and foamy in the mouth and very drinakable. It's delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Basically an IPA with a touch of wheat. A nice example of Lagunitas' hop game, there's some nice orange, grapefruit, pine, and wheat flavors, with a nice full and crisp mouthfeel. It's got some nice variants in a little series- Sumpin' Wild and Sumpin' Extra, but this one is a classic and always worth an order.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Plum Market

a - pours a bright golden color with a big ivory head, awesome retention lacing, fairly cloudy, really great looking wheat ale

s - citrus and mango hop notes with lighter pine aroma, wheat and bready malt balance out the hops, light alcohol heat

t - not as much of a hop bomb as I remember having it on-tap in CA last year, the lemon, orange and mango hop flavors take center-stage, but the wheat and bread malt notes provide a decent amount of balance, finish is pretty dry and slightly hot

m - medium-bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, fairly dry finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff, there is some depth to the flavors and it isn't harsh on the palate, abv is evident, however, which limits drinkability somewhat

Really good beer overall -- one of the better offerings from Lagunitas in my opinion. I remember liking it a bit more on-tap, but it's well worth picking up a sixer of bottles.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Sweet candy aroma over a citrus hop base. I really am intrigued by the candy sweetness.

Appearance - Orange tinted yellow color with a decent level of carbonation supporting a white head.

Taste - This is pretty much my limit in hops. Not too much hop bitterness and that sweetness I smelled provides a wonderful balance to the hops. This is a refreshing beer that finishes with a pine hop taste. The sweetness at the beginning really sets up the hops nicely.

Notes - The mouthfeel was good and had that hop film that you may or may not like.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a chalice. The beer pours a clear gold color with some lazy streams of bubbles rising to the surface. A bleached white head of densely packed foam rests on the surface with a depth of 1 cm and slowly fades to a sturdy surface layer. Some tight lattice on the sides of the glass. The aroma is generally sweet and fruity with orange and lemon notes and a bit of a floral presence.
First sip reveals alight to average body with fine and tingly carbonation. Beer slides down my belly very easily after each sip.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt and some wheat twang but moves to a bitey grapefruit rind flavor that lingers on my tongue after each sip. I dont get any hints of the booze and the beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing as I take each swallow. Burps are hoppy with pine and grapefruit showing up again.
This is a crisp refreshing beer that I am enjoying and I would recommend to folks that like the lighter body of a wheat ale with some solid hop character and complexity.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium gold. Attractive textured white head of fine foam that sticks around for a good while.

S - A comforting and familiar malty smell I can't quite put my finger on, underneath a hoppy smell that's borderline a lunchmeat note I don't want. But that seems to fade throughout the glass. There's also a light floral nectar sort of smell, which may border on orange-vanilla.

T - Very smooth. A gentle, cool, honey malt flavor with a moderate hop tang on the back end.

M - Soft

O - A pleasant, soft, fruity, floral, sweet-ish sipper. There's one note in the nose I don't like, but that's the only thing I don't like.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Miller Lite shaker pint glass at The Barley House.

Who doesn't love gettin' themselves a little sumpin' sumpin', eh? This potential entendre pours a cloudy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises grapefruit, melon, light onion, flowers and light caramel. The taste is more of the same, with some light clove, pepper, nutmeg thrown in for good measure. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' brew, something that I'm upset I took so long to try.

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Photo of Long813
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Premier Wine & Spirits
Dated: NA

A: Clear orange body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Decent retention and great lacing.

S: Huge citrus notes, very pleasing. Some floral notes and wheat.

T: Pleasing citrus flavour with a little sourness. Also has a little spice to it.

M: Light bodied and medium high amount of carbonation. Mild bitterness, not much else to note.

D: Pleasing brew and def worth the buy.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden almost amber with eggshell white colored head that builds up to an almost two finger width that leaves thin lacing stuck to the glass once it resides. The smell is a bit grassy and piney, but sweet, with a detectable sweet malt backbone. Tastes of bold bitter and hops with a definite bready wheat flavor and detectable spiciness perhaps from an excellent mixture of hops, malt, yeast, and wheat of course. medium bodied with a carbonation that is not overbearing nor underwhelming, just right. I was craving hops but had no IPAs on hand and this juicy and delicious beer did just fine. I'm glad I have a few more of this excellent pale wheat ale.

Cheers!

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into draft glass

A- Poured a golden color body with a foamy white one-finger head. I poured this a little passively.

S- Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and a sweet malt come screaming from the mouth of the glass competing for position. West Coast all the way here.

T- Nice flavor. There is a piney hop taste with grapefruit and citrusy notes in there. Then the sweet malt backbone comes in there. It doesn't overpower it, though. A little bitterness on the finish. Well-balanced, pleasant.

M- The mouthfeel is just right. It has a nice juicy, medium-body feel to it. Not quite as crisp as I like in some of the upper-echelon west coast style ales.

O- Im not a huge fan of wheats, as I tend to go toward the IPAs, Stouts, and pumpkins. However, this is a solid beer and the best wheat I ever had.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear pale gold. Head is about a finger and a half of white foam. Head does last a decent amount and leave some small lacing.
S: light grapefruit hop, lightly sweet, and just a very light touch of pine.
T: hops lend toward grapefruit with more pine on the back end. Nice amount of sweetness, a touch of honey.
M: smooth nice carbonation, lingers but not coating.
O: good all around, balanced hop and malt.

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Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A hazy dark golden in color. Aromas of various citrus fruits, and some pine cone. Taste begins with some apricot, then a bready middle, and a piney aftertaste. Mouthfeel is extra rich and creamy. Overall a quite strong, but quite good wheat beer. I assumed it was an IPA before I went to BA.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big white frothy head, clear golden color. Head stays, tons of lacing. Impressive

S: Piney citrus hop bight, some wheaty malts,

T: Sweet lemon citrus notes, caramel, molasses biscuity malt backbone. Pine-y crisp finish. Very bright colors, definitely a summer brew. Even a hint of alcohol heat. Some peppery notes in there too. More pale ale than wheat.

M: Very heavy full mouthfeel, high carbonation, not a real session brew.

O: Very tastey brew overall, well made, another quality brew from Lagunitas. They never dissapoint. More like a malty/wheaty pale ale. For a summer seasonal it stands out, this is no lawn-mower beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass a murky dark gold with a big billowy white head on top. Great retention leaves some nice sip rings along edge. Smells of tangerines, oranges, and pineapple. Wow. Big citrus notes that I was not expecting.

The mouth is crisp and bubbly. Flavor is citrus with some bitter grapefruit notes melded with sweet orange flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with some sugary malts. This is a wheat ale? Blind-tasting this, I would guess it's a red or an india pale. I like this alot, but I wouldn't ever think this was a wheat. I like what they artfully did with the style though. Recommend.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a diesel 3 finger head that retains itself nicely.

Smell: Mango and citrus from the hops.

Taste: Nice citrus hop profile backed up by some bready malts. Smooth, balanced and delicious. The aftertaste is nice and pleasant in that it's both bitter and sweet. Again, this is a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Oily stickiness coats the tongue nicely. Despite this, the brew is on the lighter side and very easy to drink.

Overall: Easy drinking with a nice balanced flavor. What's not to like?

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in the Spokane area for $1.99.

Poured a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big floral nose, with grassy and citrusy notes within. Also a substantial, biscuity malt and some earthy undertones.

This tastes like what I might imagine a pale wheat ale like those made by Pyramid or Widmer might taste if it were massively hopped. The taste starts off with some grassy hops with some piney and citrusy notes in the background. Then the malts kick in, with a earthy, bready flavor that matches the hops. Mildly bitter at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that comes with some oily hops.

It's been a while since I've had a beer from Lagunitas this drinkable. I'd consider several of these if it were on tap at my local.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden orange. Good carbonation. Really big, fluffy white head with good retention and lots of strong bands of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet grapefruit and malty aromas, along with underlying crisp wheat.

T/M: Mostly sweet and malty, with a good amount of citrus and grapefruit hops mixed in as well, quickly flowing over the initial malt base. A bit of puckering bitterness in the followthrough. A little prickly on the tongue.

O: A very good wheat ale with loads of hops flavor that nevertheless doesn't overlap the essential crisp, refreshing wheat character of this beer. The relatively high ABV for the style is also very well-hidden.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into perfect pint glass. Big fluffy, creamy white, 3 finger head; it's very frothy. Eventually settles, with legit cling. Very nice golden honey, light yellow color. Smell consists of light pine hops, wheat, sweet resinous hop. Taste is similar. Grassy wheat, some pine, cream, sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, with light bitterness from hops, smooth. Very good, overall. This has been one my favorites since I first tried it. It's crisp and refreshing on this summer evening.

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Photo of smooth_aleing
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very nice golden honey color, with a decent head and beautiful lacing. Smell isn't as pronounced as I'd expect, slight notes of honey, pine and grapefruit. Nice malty flavor, with subtle citric fruits and light, damp woodiness, with a surprisingly tropical fruit note. Light mouth feel, nicely carbonated. Overall a great pale wheat ale, perfect for the first warm day of the year.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, tenacious white head.

S: Aromas of minerals, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, and white wheat bread dominate the nose.

T: Robust notes of minerals, crackers, wheat bread, biscuits, herbs, pine, spruce, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and grapefruit absolutely throttle the palate. The finish is predictably bitter and resinous with pronounced lemon, grapefruit, herb, and pine notes underscored by faint traces of wheat bread and minerals.

M: Medium-bodied, soft, and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is mildly prickly. Alcohol is practically undetectable. This ale is easy to drink despite its strength.

O: A really great ale that straddles the line between a hoppy pale wheat ale and a wheat-based IPA. This one is definitely worth seeking out on a warm day.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderful label from the folks at Lagunitas. Alas we are not to judge a beer by its cover..err label. Sumpin' Sumpin' pours a nice crystal clear gold. Things are topped off by two fingers worth of bone white head. The head eventually settles to a ring. A fair amount of lace is left in its wake.

Sumpin' Sumpin's nose packs a nice wallop. The aroma is definitely hop centric. Sweetened grapefruit strikes first. Some light lemon notes hit as well. Some faint herbal/pine notes rounds things out. Malt comes through only as to sweeten the citrus notes.

This brew definitely hits as hop centric on the palate as well. The sweetened grapefruit in the nose strikes with a bit more pungency. Some sweet herbal notes are present as well. The malt is more pronounced on the palate. Some pale wheat notes, with a light toastiness make up the malt. The finish is sweet with a long lingering herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale brings some much needed interest to an American pale wheat beer. The hops are ever-present, but never overpowering. The alcohol is kept well in check. While definitely a sweet beer, it never goes syrupy. Kudos to Lagunitas for another tasty hop heads brew.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Clear golden body with an inch of frothy white foam on top from a hard pour. Head dies down to a somewhat bubbly cap of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of honey and bread malts. Some fruity notes and citrusy hops.

Cereal, wheat bread and honey malts. Some fruity yeast notes that quickly give way to piney and citrusy hops that add a nice balance at the back end. Lasting bitter finish.

Clean, medium bodied, creamy and assertive carbonation.

An easy drinker indeed. Pretty IPA like for an American pale wheat ale, but I still dig it.

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.
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